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8 essential tips for planning a wedding

Get hooked without any problems planning a wedding for a great perfect day with minimal stress.

1.- Decide on a location and lock it down ahead of time
Keep in mind that popular wedding locations usually have long waiting lists and can even be booked up years in advance. So one of the first things you need to do is decide on a location and immediately lock it down for your chosen wedding date, especially if you absolutely have to get married on an auspicious date or a date that holds significance to you.

Some other things to keep in mind when choosing your wedding location include whether it can comfortably accommodate all your guests, whether it’s within your budget, and what their wedding package includes.

2.- Set a realistic wedding budget and stick to it
So while you may realy want to splurge on a breathtaking flower arch or book that super popular band you love, the important question to ask yourself is “can we afford this?” Sit down with your significant other at the start of your wedding planning and come up with a realistic budget that will allow for a special day without draining your bank accounts.

3.- Setting a detailed timeline is just as important as a budget
If your wedding date is a good year or so away, it can be easy to think that you have all the time in the world to get stuff done only to end up scrambling closer to the date. Come up with a detailed list of all the decisions that need to be made and set deadlines for each one to keep your planning on track. Keep in mind that many wedding details require advance booking so you may not have as much time as you think.

4.- Send your invites out as early as
No matter how big or small your guest list is, send out them invites ASAP, especially to those who are really important to you. You want to make sure your guests don’t have any clashing plans and also give them ample time to sort out their schedules, which may even have to include travel details.

If your official invitations aren’t going to be ready anytime soon, sending out a simple Save The Date (you can even just do it over WhatsApp or Facebook) will suffice, just to give your guests a head’s up.

5.- Get recommendations from people around you who got married recently
There are just so many options out there for just about everything wedding related, including locations, performers, photographer, makeup artists, outfits, flowers, food, and more! Looking through them all and trying to make a decision can be pretty daunting so who better to help than people who’ve done it all before?.

Talk to friends, family, and coworkers who’ve recently gotten hitched, they’ll be able to recommend good options for you to shortlist and steer you away from any potential disastrous ones. They’ll also have a good idea of general price ranges and market rates, so you can avoid being overcharged.

6.- Keep your guests in mind when deciding on your menu
While it’s definitely not a bad thing for you to want the menu to consist of all your favourites (it is your big day after all), you should also keep your guests and any possible dietary restrictions they may have in mind.

Does the food need to be halal? Do you need to provide a vegetarian option? Find out from your guests so that you can plan the menu accordingly. After all, you want everyone to enjoy themselves at your wedding right?.

7.- Assign someone to be the person in charge on the day
The last thing you want is to be stressed out on your big day by having to check-in on all the last minute details and trying to figure out what to do if something goes wrong. Ideally, you’d have a wedding planner to take care of all the nitty gritty, but if you don’t, assign your most reliable friend or family member to be the person in charge.

Come up with a checklist together that they can check off on your wedding day to make sure everything is on track and make sure everyone else knows that they’re the go-to person for any emergencies.

8-. Always have a back-up plan
Things can go wrong. Horribly wrong even. But that doesn’t mean that your wedding day has to be completely ruined. Try to anticipate any hiccups that may occur and come up with contingency plans just in case.

For example, if you’re having an outdoor wedding, it’ll be a good idea to have umbrellas on standby or even a nearby secondary location that everything can quickly be moved to in the event of an unexpected downpour.

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